Dr. Peter Mancina is Research Associate in the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford, Visiting Scholar in the Center for Immigration Law, Policy, and Justice at Rutgers Law School, and Researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. Mancina holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University.

His work examines the manner in which “sanctuary city” and “sanctuary state” policies in the United States make possible various forms of local law enforcement assistance to federal immigration enforcement authorities. In this line of research, he is conducting three projects: an audit report of the Alameda, California County government's measures to disentangle its operations and services from federal immigration authorities. Secondly, with Rose Cuison-Villazor at Rutgers Law School, he is conducting an analysis of the statewide law enforcement implementation of a sanctuary policy called the New Jersey Immigrant Trust Directive. Lastly, Mancina is writing a book titled Sanctuary City in the Age of Mass Deportation examining three decades of grassroots organising, governmental power struggles, and law enforcement experimentation to implement sanctuary city policies in San Francisco, California.

In addition to his work on sanctuary city and sanctuary state policies, with Christina Garsten at Stockholm University, Mancina is conducting research on the manner in which immigration enforcement agencies and immigration policy think tanks conceptualize the future of immigration and the future of immigration control. 


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